How many crazy things do we do?
What is crazy, anyway?
Found myself sitting across the desk from a psychiatrist today... no, nothing serious, Mrs. Denmarkguy was just there for a routine check-in concerning her ADHD medication.
But on the way home, we started talking about what we consider "crazy," in our world.
Crazy ducks on the lake...
And it's some pretty crazy stuff!
Consider this, if someone claims to be hearing the voice of God, we call them "spiritual" or religious.
But if they other voices, we call them schizophrenic and insane!
"Insanity" is a pretty weird thing, if you ask me.
Sometimes I consider the distinct possibility that there really is no such thing as insanity, all there is is a need for people to attach "labels" that vary significantly from their own lenses of perception.
Many people would call someone who claims to see — and talk to — ghosts "insane."
But what do we really know?
My dear wife was part of a university study many years ago, and one of the things the study revealed was that she was able to (accurately) see things outside the normal spectrum of human visibility... specifically, towards the infrared end of the spectrum. Which potentially made/makes her something called a "tetrachromat," someone who genetically has an extra sensory cell in their retina.
But I digress.
Crazy. People might call Mrs. Denmarkguy "crazy" for claiming to be able to see something a roomful of people otherwise can't see. She manages to "deflect" such assertions by pointing out that she's functionally deaf so her eyesight has overcompensated to make up for it.
Physiologically, that's nonsense, but it puts people at ease.
Bougainvilleas on the wall
Sometimes, I find myself thinking that "insanity" may merely be a name we give to someone who's ahead of the rest of us, on the evolutionary calendar. We simply lack the tools or skills to measure their experience... in a sense, a very strange "canary in a coalmine" type situation.
Technology moves fast.
Consider this... a lot of things exist, regardless of whether or note we are aware of them. Marconi didn't invent radio waves, he merely measured them. Radio waves have been around for — quite literally — billions of years!
Now consider this: How do you think a bunch of people in the 1600's would respond to you pulling out your iPhone and showing them pictures of your cousin... in Australia?
Witchcraft? Sorcery? Magic?
What if you didn't actually have the iPhone on you... all you could do was describe what you knew to be true? Insanity?
With this in mind, what do you think we'll be able to measure in the year 2220, 200 years from now?
Since we are all basically patterns of energy arranged into certain shapes, might it be possible that after a person passes away, some residual photons are still hanging around in some pattern "that used to be my cousin Fred?" Keep in mind the First Law of thermodynamics: Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.
I'm not a "Godly" person, by the way... just a curious one. There is so much we don't understand that relegating the "odd to the realms of insanity* strikes me as disingenuous.
What about people who have had a limb amputated but experience pain/sensations from a "phantom" limb? Are they "nuts," too? Delusional? Or simply experiencing something that's ahead of our ability to detect and interpret it?
Thanks for reading!
(Another #creativecoin creative non-fiction post)
What do YOU think? Is there "more between Heaven and Earth" than we understand? Is "delusion" just reality that hasn't been measured and cataloged yet? Comments, feedback and other interaction is invited and welcomed! Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment-- share your experiences-- be part of the conversation!